A Creative Passion

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Simply put, I create and share my images because I enjoy it, and hopefully, there are plenty of others who equally appreciate them. I'd like to think that you find yourself viewing this page because you are interested in my work and want to find out a little bit more about what I do.

I've been creating images for a long time. In a career that stretches back over forty years, I've gained a vast experience in just about every aspect of the creative industry. During that time I have had the benefit of working alongside and learning from extremely talented individuals; from my early mentors to gifted collaborators on design and photography projects.

I am a proud recipient of the Royal Photographic Society's highly respected ARPS distinction, awarded for images of exceptional standards.

My early work was centred around the creation of graphic design for brochures, catalogues and in-store retail promotions. I gained valuable experience in marketing, print production, design and photography. Through my own company I have worked on projects for retailers, property developers, manufacturers, recruiters, galleries and business-to-business services. Although I had previously held senior management positions, running my own business has given me the opportunity to be hands-on in the design work for my clients. This gave me an invaluable experience in a wide range of software, techniques and puts me behind a camera lens with increasing regularity. 

I have always had a strong interest in photography and art. I admit to being a frustrated artist, I realised quite early on that I was destined to be a better photographer than traditional painter. My first cameras were Polaroids and low-end instant cartridge cameras in the late sixties and early seventies. By the late seventies I'd upgraded to an SLR, a Praktica if my memory is correct. It wasn't until the mid 1990s however that I began to take more serious shots and invest in Canon equipment. 

Inevitably, I've witnessed many changes in technology throughout my career and I've adapted workflow and practices to keep apace with change. I was first introduced to the world of desktop publishing in 1989. The company that I worked for was about to embark on a new digital workflow and Apple Mac computers were to be at its heart. Overnight I found myself immersed in the digital revolution that was to forever change the way publications were created.

Almost immediately I began to experiment with photo art. I even purchased an Apple QuickTake digital camera in around 1995 to speed the upload process. Those early days were spent learning and experimenting in software packages such as QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop and a revolutionary product called Painter by Fractal Design. Although initially limited by processor speed and storage media (who remembers floppy disks) there were no bounds to the inspiration and imagination that was ignited by new digital possibilities. I began to realize that I had entered a world that promised to combine my photographic and artistic interests in a way that I had never thought possible.

Fast forward to the present and there is an overwhelming amount of creative possibilities in today's digital space. In particular, there has never been a more exciting, inspiring and empowering period in photography. I am constantly compelled and motivated to explore new techniques, productivity and engagement.

In March 2013, the Royal Photographic Society awarded me an ARPS distinction. Creative ability, personal style and competence of the technical aspects of photography must be evident in a submission of work. It is to date my proudest career achievement. 
 
PIXEL PAINTED ART
As I've already said, I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty years. The endless digital photo art features made possible with the latest software advancements provide me with unique opportunities to combine my art with photographic sources. This ability to further express myself beyond the capture of a photo is becoming more apparent in a large amount of my work. 

I recreate my images using brushstrokes and textures with software such as Corel Painter (yes, the same package that began life as Fractal Painter all those years ago). I don't run one-stop painting apps or instant filters on these images. Though my art is based on a photographic source, I prefer creating an image from scratch and building textures from within rather than letting computer algorithms decide the outcome. The process is very similar to the way a traditional artist works.

Your images are superb and I feel certain that they will be referenced well into the future within the club as a defining moment for digital art photography.
— Nantwich Camera Club

PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
The camera in your pocket, or purse if you prefer, has rapidly come of age. Smartphones have evolved into serious image capture devices and the opportunities for creative postproduction through inexpensive apps is constantly increasing.

Most people carry a mobile device with them at all times and the iPhone is possibly the most used camera in the world. Mobile photography has re-shaped how we create, share and employ photography. For me, the iPhone has changed the way I approach creative photography. It has been extremely liberating to leave bulky DSLR equipment to one side and embrace the world of iPhoneography.

Combined with the portability of a digital darkroom that can now sit on my device, I can create, test, edit and share from within the very scene that I am portraying - at any time.

If you don’t own an iPhone, you’ll certainly want one after Adrian’s convincing talk. You’ll be putting your DSLRs away in a cupboard!
— Chapel Camera Club

GUEST SPEAKER
I offer a programme of lectures, demonstrations and workshops that have become extremely popular. I try to accommodate as many as possible into my calendar. I present to photo societies and art clubs in addition to corporate and leisure events. 

If you would like to know more about my talks and demonstrations then please contact me to obtain further details. 

Very impressed with your presentation skills, you are an extremely good speaker, you engage with everyone in the room and your enthusiasm shines through.
— Ashton Photographic Society